Save Date: July 10, 2008
We were on vaction in Myrtle Beach, three days into the vacation, my wife, my daughter and I that night were watching the fireworks from the balcony of our hotel. I never had any chest pain, shortness of breath, arm pain or any other symptoms. I have been a paramedic for the past 20 years and in EMS for the past 30 years. After the fireworks were over, my daughter went to sleep, I went and laid down also. My wife went into the living room and was watching TV. My wife fell asleep and at 5:00 am felt a tugging on her body, she woke up thinking it was either my daughter or me. NO ONE was in the living room, my wife then came into the bedroom to go to bed, when she saw me lying on my stomach, gasping for breath, she turned me over as I took my last breath. She felt for a pulse, I was not breathing, no pulse and was turning blue. My wife never had any training in CPR, gave me a precordial thump, started CPR and called 911. To make a long story short, I was shocked four times in the ambulance. At first they thought I had a Heart Attack, but this turned out to be false. I was transferred to MUSC Hospital in Charleston and was diagnosed with a true SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH. Apparently they have been researching this over the last 10 years and still do not know why this happens in people. It is the leading killer in the US of people between the ages of 30-50. Anyway I was fitted with an AICD (Defibrillator) and am now back to work and feeling fine.